TRTC Now Enrolled in AmazonSmile Program

Users at Pittard Sears fountain

We were recently added to the AmazonSmile program. Under this program Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Triangle Rails to Trails whenever you connect to Amazon by clicking here or on the icon on the lower left portion of this page. You can bookmark this link in your browser(s) for use in future purchases. We'll be using the proceeds from this program for routine expenses such as the water bills and annual maintenance on the water fountain at Pittard Sears and for the liability insurance we carry to cover volunteers participating in our workdays.

Rails to Trails: The Time is Now

Utilizing railroads for mass transit systems may become necessary in the next century. Why not preserve the existing railroad corridors and avoid condemnation of private land for government projects? Once preserved, why not use these relatively flat, straight corridors for alternate transportation through bicycle commuting and recreational trails? These are not unique or radical ideas. Rail-trails efforts are active and successful throughout the country. Currently, the TRTC is actively seeking volunteers and contributions. If you would like to help, or you want to know more, please join us today by completing a membership form or joining us in workdays with Friends of the ATT.

This view of the American Tobacco Trail (ATT) shows folks enjoying an early Fall afternoon on the trail in downtown Durham. (Photo from Nancy Pierce

Winter Trail Clean-Up February 5

Harriet Sansone's volunteer group has scheduled a Winter Clean-up for Saturday, Feb 5th - lots of advance notice!
The group will meet at 9 am at the trailhead as it crosses Fayetteville Rd just north of Food Lion at 3022 Fayetteville Rd, Durham. Feel free to park in the Food Lion parking lot. They will provide snacks and water, and Durham Parks and Rec will provide all the equipment.
Please bring your kids, friends, and neighbors!
Here is the link to sign up (the link says fall cleanup, but it'll be the winter one!)

Upcoming ATT Workday in Durham --October 16, 2021

SO many of you have asked about the next Trail cleanup - so here is the info!
Sat, 10/16 - 9 am
Park on the side of Food Lion, 3022 Fayetteville St.
Meet at the Trailhead as it crosses Fayetteville about 25 yds up the street.
You don't need to bring ANYTHING except family and friends. All equipment is provided by Durham Parks and Rec = grabbers, trash bags, vests, gloves. I provide snacks and water.
Durham Parks and Rec asks us to sign up (for liability and to record volunteer hours - helps with grants, etc). You can sign up until 8 am that morning.
Here is the link: Sign-up Link

Workday at Eagle Spur Trail--October 18th 2020

Steve Lund is leading a workday on the Eagle Spur Trail, Sunday October 18th at 9:00 a.m. It's a concrete mixing and pouring party to anchor the first drainage culvert in position. Volunteers should plan to be out there for about 4 hours. We'll meet at the Colvard subdivision (on the west side of NC 751 in southern Durham County).
Steve's goals for this workday are:
1. Get the collars on culvert #2 poured.
2. Begin backfilling culvert #2 with locally obtained dirt. Please bring a shovel if you can.
Optional work if we have sufficient turnout:
1. Cut up and clear trees and logs from the trail.
2. Pick up and remove trash.
If interested, send an email to
The Eagle Spur is the original 1905 routing of today's ATT (before Jordan Lake was filled).

Good News on the Pipeline Proposal

It appears that the strong public reaction to Dominion's pipeline proposal and possibly other technical factors have prompted Dominion to rescind their request to use the ATT rail corridor for a new pipeline connector. NCDOT announced on June 2:
"The N.C. Department of Transportation learned yesterday that Dominion Energy has rescinded the request to utilize NCDOT right of way along the American Tobacco Trail for a pipeline. For additional information about Dominion Energy’s proposed pipeline, please contact Persida Montanez with Dominion Energy communications at "
Cary and Durham have been notified that Dominion will be evaluating other alignments over the next 60 days. After that is completed some form of public engagement will be scheduled.


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